Aculturally specific evening-length work by a company based in Goiania, Brazil, is the opener for the LatinContempo Festival, which runs three weekends in February and March. And Henrique Rodovalho's Choreography for Listening isn't just good for you: it's fun. It's like a natural-history study--the performers' quick, quirky, often humorous movements make them look like animals responding instinctually to their environment. Here it's aural: a pastiche of talk, music, and ambient sounds culled from a 1997 documentary about street musicians in Brazil, Sons da Rua ("Street Sounds"). Inventive lighting and abstract set pieces--glowing upright rectangles--transform the space with each new section. And though the Portuguese in the score will be incomprehensible and the music unfamiliar to most in this audience, somehow Rodovalho's hour-long look at human fauna manages to suggest a people's rootedness and joy in everyday things. Composer Flavio Chamis talks about Brazilian popular music at 7 PM before each performance, and company members give a talk after the performance on Thu; both are free to ticket holders. Thu-Sat 2/23-2/25, 8 PM, Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan, 312-344-8300, $20-$24. Company members also teach a movement workshop Sat-Sun 2/18-2/19, 3-6 PM, at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, $40; attend a free reception Sun 2/19, 7 PM, at Gingarte Capoeira, 2909 N. Milwaukee; give a free talk on sound scoring for choreography Wed 2/22, 5:30 PM, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; and teach an intermediate/advanced workshop Sat 2/25, 2:30-4:30 PM, at the Quilombo Cultural Center, 1753 N. Kimball, $15.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Mila Petrillo.